|The Calvados Still||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||3||Double sofabed in the sitting room|
Benefitting from a heated pool which you can use at any time, the cottage has been converted from an old calvados still building where the farmer used a large copper still over an open fire to distil his home made cider to make calvados (apple brandy). Set to one side of the property, this is a secluded, spacious and detached cottage on 2 floors. Many of the original features have been preserved including many exposed beams.
Just yards from the River La Viette, it has its own private garden with barbecue, garden furniture and children’s swings. It faces an old barn which was originally used to house livestock and bales of hay and straw, and overlooks an apple orchard often stocked with grazing cattle and horses.
Detached and separate enough to be very private if you want to be, we have owned the property for over 25 years, and live nearby, and know enough to be there when you want us, and out of your way when you don't.
The fully-fitted kitchen has a full size cooker, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and all the cutlery and crockery you need. The dining room has an open fire which we provide logs for, free in the winter months.
The soft furnishings include a double sofabed for those unexpected guests. There is a radio/cd player,English satellite tv and a dvd player.
The downstairs and one of the upstairs bedrooms each have a double and single bed, the second upstairs bedroom has a double and two singles. There is a king size double, and en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower over, in the downstairs bedroom and is suitable for guests who have difficulty with stairs. The third upstairs bedroom has its own bathroom downstairs.
The open log fire provides comfortable heating to the downstairs. There are electric radiators in each room. All heating costs are included in the price.
You have your own private garden with outdoor dining facilities, a barbecue and swings for the children. There is badminton and table tennis in the swimming pool area, and ball games for the pool. The additional lawned area can be used by everyone.
You can park right next to the property, and we have a spacious extra parking area.
For young parents, no need to bring loads of stuff for the kids. We provide free just about everything for babies and toddlers, including, pushchairs, buggy, cots and bedding, highchairs, seat boosters, plastic plates cutlery and cups, monitors, potties, training seats, liquidisers, bottle warmers, steps for the washbasins, baby baths, stairgates, plus we have loads of toys and dvds for the children. We can also get in supplies for you at cost.
The property is suitable for some wheelchair users, please ask for more information.
For just €30, we will cook for you. Starting with canapés and Kir, we offer a generous 3 course meal together with all red and white wine. You can choose to eat from our menu or we can cook to your requirements.
David and I both should be retired, but I am fully occupied with the two rental cottages, and David works full time looking after the properties for a local racing stables owned by an Arabian princess. We have three lovely children, two girls and a boy, and have five delightful grandchildren. I was a hairdresser before I had the children, and David had his own construction business for many years in the UK.
|Year property purchased||1989|
|Why this location?||We just love it here. Little has changed in this delightful village since we bought the property 30 years ago. The peace and quiet is to die for. Very, very, occasionally we may hear an aircraft, rush hour may be a tractor at the top of our road which may see five vehicles on a busy day. Usually the only noise are squeals from the children as they play in the pool. Yet, there is so much history here in Normandy, and we are central to much there is to see; whether it be chic Deauville, (Paris in Normandy), fashionable next door Trouville with great restaurants, fabulous beaches at Cabourg, Deauville, Trouville and Ouistreham, or William the Conqueror's birthplace, Falaise with its modernised castle, and not forgetting this was the centre of the 1944 invasion. We can give you a 'battlefield tour' charging nothing bar a light lunch and fuel for the car.|
|Unique benefits of property||We believe a part of our lovely old farm complex dates back to the 12th century. Each of our four half timbered buildings has a mass of exposed oak and chestnut beams, the construction is wattle and daub, which ensures each is cool in the warmth of summer and warm in winter. You can't buy peace and quiet. You can't buy a stress free environment. But we have it all here. We live in our lovely old farmhouse on site and we are always ready to give help and give advice if needed. Many visitors have become friends, — friends we have helped to buy property here. And, after over 25 years of welcoming guests to this beautiful place we know enough to be available if wanted and very much in the background if we are not . We respect your space.|
Recommended beaches with lifeguard supervision are at chic Deauville (Paris of Normandy), Trouville, Cabourg, and our favourite Ouistreham (where the ferry comes in).
There are outdoor markets locally every day. The best is Monday morning in St Pierre-sur-Dives plus don't miss the old time market every Sunday in July and August in Cambremer
For just €30, we will cook for you. Starting with canapés and Kir, we offer a generous 3 course meal together with all red and white wine. You can choose to eat from our menu or we can cook to your requirements. Under 5's are free if eating from the same menu as you.
Budget eating, The Gentlemen at Lisieux is good, Le Gars de Falaise at Falaise, is good, both are always busy. More upmarket, Auberge de la Dives at St-Pierre-sur-Dives, and further afield Manoir d'Hastings at Benouville are good.
You must see Honfleur, and the lovely village of Beuvron-en-Auge, as well as the many fabulous local chateaux.